2019 NAIAS – 2020 Ford Explorer ST and Explorer Hybrid

Ford pulled the covers off the 2020 Ford Explorer ST and Ford Explorer Hybrid today at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Explorer ST from Ford Performance is the most powerful Explorer ever made, with a specially tuned 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine expected to make at least 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque with a top speed of 143 mph. The All-new Explorer Hybrid is designed to offer performance and capability in a fuel efficient 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain, projected to return an EPA range of over 500 miles on the rear-wheel drive models. 

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2019 NAIAS – 2020 Lexus RC-F Track Edition

Lexus introduced the 2020 RC F Track Edition today at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Lexus says that the RC F Track Edition bridges the gap between street luxury and hard core driving performance at the track. The RC F Track Edition boasts improved aerodynamics, reduced weight, a performance tuned suspension, and performance enhanced styling.

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Rental Review: 2018 Volvo S90

I’ve preached the gospel of rental company Sixt on these pages before, though a recent trip home to Florida afforded me yet another opportunity to test the company’s mettle and see what sort of untraditional rental fare I would end up with. So far I’ve had just one miss in five swings with the German-based company, with the miss coming in the form of a dismal Fiat 500L in Italy. On the plus side, at least that mini-minivan was a manual – and I was in Italy, after all. Things weren’t that awful.

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Ford Updates the 2019 F-150 Raptor

Ford has revealed the updated 2019 F-150 Raptor lineup, and it includes lots of important updates. The biggest update is the all-new smart Fox Racing Shox with Live Valve technology which allows the Raptor’s suspension to have continuously variable damping. This means that the Raptor can adjust dampers to be more stiff when in the air prior to landing, or maximize comfort while on the road. 

Ford has also given the 2019 F-150 Raptor a technology called Trail Control, which helps drivers navigate challenging conditions in low-speed off-road situations. Trail Control automatically adjusts power and braking to each individual wheel, which Ford says helps the driver to focus more on steering without having to worry about throttle modulation and braking. 

Other updates include new Recaro sport seats with Alcantara inserts, and new exterior colors called Ford Performance Blue, Velocity Blue, and Agate Black. 

Check out the full gallery of 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor photos below! 

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Recap: Cars at the Capital 2018

Cars at the Capital, a two-week exhibition held in April presented by the Historic Vehicle Association in front of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. last month, featured five historically significant vehicles in unique lighted glass display case. The display was featured prominently between the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

Featured was a 1985 Modena Design Spyder, 1927 Ford Model T, 1984 Plymouth Voyager, 1918 Cadillac Type 57, and the iconic 1968 Mustang Fastback that was piloted by Steve McQueen in the 1968 movie, Bullitt. This particular vehicle disappeared for several decades and was thought to have been lost. The Kiernan family, who has owned it since 1974, finally brought it out in its original patina in early 2018. The vehicle remains unrestored and has many of the original modifications from the filming of the movie.

The 1968 Bullitt Mustang was displayed on April 17, which was “National Mustang Day.” Shell hosted a number of guests to honor this special occasion with the Bullitt Mustang. Shell has a mission to preserve the historical significance of the automobile, and protect the future of driving enthusiasm.

Matt Maran of Matt Maran Motoring had a chance to sit down with Sean Kiernan and talk about the Bullitt Mustang.  Watch the full interview below!  

Watch more about the Bullitt Mustang in the video below. A full documentary is coming soon!

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Cars of London: Jaguar C-Type

We were walking around the Marylebone area of London when we heard the most beautiful sounds coming from behind us. The sound of this sweet Jaguar C-Type echoing through the Village is something I’ll never forget. Just British perfection.